Vaccinations begin to slow; Indian variant found in Maine

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The number of COVID-19 vaccinations provided each day in Maine is continuing to slow.

The state averaged 8,411 shots per day for the week that ended Saturday, which was a decline from 9,504 the previous week even though eligibility expanded to youths between the ages of 12 and 15, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It was the fifth weekly decline for vaccinations in Maine, and marked the lowest the daily average since February.

Even though vaccinations have slowed, Maine still ranks tops among all states in percentage of fully vaccinated residents.

In other pandemic news:

THE NUMBERS

The number of infections has dipped below 200 for three consecutive days, officials said Monday, as the numbers of new coronavirus cases creep downward in Maine.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 296 new cases per day on May 1 to 246 new cases per day on May 15.

There was one death reported Monday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, bringing the statewide death toll to 803 since the pandemic began.

INDIAN VARIANT

A coronavirus variant first detected in India has been discovered in Maine, state officials said.

Only one case of the variant has been found so far in York County, the Maine CDC reported. English health officials have classified it as a “variant of concern” because of it’s easier to transmit.

So far, 11 types of variants have been discovered in Maine COVID cases. Most have been the United Kingdom variant.

IMMIGRANT CLINIC

A vaccination clinic on Monday targeted refugees and new immigrants, and aimed to remove barriers to getting a dose.

Language support was available and transportation was provided by Maine Association for New Americans for the clinic Monday outside of Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services.

Though it’s aimed at “new Mainers,” the walk-in clinic was available to anyone who hadn’t yet had the COVID-19 vaccine.

The clinic was sponsored by Catholic Charities, Northern Light Health and Hope Acts, which provides transitional housing for asylum seekers.

First published on: AP

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